Maha Shivaratri Celebrations 2010
As I continue to tour around the world spreading beloved Guru Maharaj's Jangama Dhyana and message of peace and harmony, love and honor, the day of Maha Shivaratri is such an enjoyable, auspicious occasion that gives me an opportunity to visit the hamlet of Adivarapupeta in the coastal Andhra Pradesh of Southern India. Adivarapupeta is the manifested seat of our beloved, omnipresent Divine Guru. He came to this earth in that form, the son of Bheemanna and Parvathamma. It was here God manifested as Lord Shiva in the form of a Jangama Sage. Subsequently came twelve years of Tapas, many years of Mission work and finally Maha Samadhi.
After the Tapas, the Divine Guru Swamiji toured around the world teaching meditation to humanity so that they could connect to themselves and become aware of their True Existence. Though Swamiji went around with a Mission to give Peace and Self Awareness to the entire humanity, every year Swamiji used to be in Adivarapupeta for the Maha Shivaratri celebrations.
One day, Swamiji told me that He is the son of God who is manifested in the form of Lord Shiva and Shakti, the Ardhanareeshwara concept. Swamiji told that Ardhanareeshwara means God half as the male aspect of Shiva and the energy that is known as Shakti as the other half, that is the female aspect. Swamiji further explained to me that the mind is the combination of both the consciousness, which is the male half aspect, and energy, which is the female half aspect. This male aspect is known as Shiva, meaning when the mind regains the unwavering, concentrated Existence in the total thoughtlessness state and would have tranquilized the energy aspect in it thus getting absorbed in to the Divine. Quietening the consciousness of the mind through meditation and thereby tranquilizing the energy in it to make the mind get absorbed back into the Real Self, that is the Divine, is the concept of organizing the Shiva and Parvathi wedding ceremony on Maha Shivaratri. Midnight is the auspicious moment of the manifestation of Lord Shiva, who tranquilized the Divine energy Adi Parashakti who had assumed the terrible and ferocious form to kill the demons. Thus praying to Shiva and Shakti for the quietening of consciousness and tranquilizing the energies of the mind in a natural way by meditation, is the celebration of Shiva-Parvati's wedding on Maha Shivaratri, popularly known as “Gowri Shankara Kalyanam”
Just like when your mind becomes quiet and achieves Supreme Peace by receding back into the Real Self, after the wedding ceremony devotees happily worship Shiva Parvathi by abhishekam (the pouring of milk, coconut water etc. on the Shivalingam) and worship by offering Aarati etc.
Swamiji said that the concept of celebrating Maha Shivaratri is to pray to the Divine to enable one to meditate and achieve the mind getting absorbed into the Real Self.
May Shri Guru Maharaj bless us all,
May all the beings in all the worlds be happy,
Love and blessings,
12 February 2010